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National Urban League and Takeda Partner on a New Community-Based National Initiative to Advance Health Equity

The National Urban League, a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization, and Takeda together announce a new health equity initiative that seeks to address the obstacles that disproportionately hinder access to better health care for historically marginalized populations in the U.S. This partnership will ultimately help to raise awareness, knowledge, and action across the National Urban League’s network of local affiliates and partners on social determinants of health (SDOH) and the barriers to accessing timely diagnosis and treatment in communities.

“The COVID-19 pandemic shone a harsh light on the historic and structural inequities in our health care system and the urgent need for reform,” said Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. “The National Urban League is proud to work with forward-thinking partners like Takeda, the first organization to fund our health equity infrastructure.”

Takeda’s support through this initiative will enable the creation of a Health Equity Continuum of Service Structure across the National Urban League’s network, including the development and implementation of local health equity plans to address identified health inequities and barriers to access in communities. Additionally, Takeda will support the National Urban League in developing webinars and workshops for continued health equity education and professional development among its affiliates. Long-term efforts under this partnership will engage key stakeholders to shape local and national policy, institutional commitments, and structural investments in communities to achieve health equity holistically.

Health inequities result in higher rates of disease and poorer health outcomes for a wide range of health conditions among people in racial and ethnic groups when compared to their white counterparts.1 In order to solve for these deep-rooted health disparities, Takeda is committed to supporting community-serving organizations that are closest to the nuanced challenges and needs of a population, to ultimately create lasting change.

To learn more about National Urban League and their efforts, please visit:

  1. Kaiser Family Health Foundation. Disparities in Health and Health Care: 5 Key Questions and Answers. https://www.kff.org/racial-equity-and-health-policy/issue-brief/disparities-in-health-andhealth-care-5-key-question-and-answers/. Accessed June 29, 2023.
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